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This has been a wedding that I have been anticipating with bated breathe. Since before their engagement session, I’ve watched Liz & Nathen hope, dream, plan, and then wait. You see Liz & Nathen have literally had oceans between them for the past four years. Liz here in North Carolina and Nathen living in Australia. They fell in love through writing. They traveled halfway around the world to visit each other. They endured tedious government systems all for the sake of love. Could there be a more romantic story? C’mon! To make things legal and final both of them had to jump through an endless row of hoops. But each hoop was worth it all. When you see their dreamy elopement at the Providence Cotton Mill in Maiden, NC you’ll understand.
Liz introduced me to this incredible venue. She sent me links to several beautiful locations, but the Providence Cotton Mill was a unique find. I had never seen a wedding venue quite like it and I was immediately smitten. Liz still hadn’t decided where their elopement would take place, but I just had to visit the cotton mill. In fact, I’ll be doing a whole feature on the mill and all it has to offer. So stay tuned!
The Providence Cotton Mill provides a hauntingly beautiful backdrop for a wedding. It’s completely open, no windows and no air, but the aethstic of is breathtaking. The building is huge and can hold hundreds of people! But for Liz & Nathen’s tiny elopement, it was a dramatic contrast. I also have to brag on the staff at The Providence Cotton Mill. Both times I’ve visited I’ve been welcomed warmly. They happily answered my questions and helped Liz & Nathen in any way they needed.
After such anticipation, you could not have had a more perfect day for a wedding. The sun was shining, it wasn’t too hot for the venue, and Liz & Nathen were IN ONE PLACE! As the sun set, Liz glided down the longest aisle anyone has ever walked, to see her groom. She paused a few feet away, took a deep breath, and then invited Nathen to turn. Shock quickly turned to joy when Nathen beheld his bride. They shared a sweet moment and then arm in arm walked to their long awaited ceremony. They both shared hand written vows, befitting their love story. Every word resonated deeply with their long distance love. They sealed it all with a well deserved kiss as we all cheered our approval. The word “finally” doesn’t even cover the relief and joy we all felt as their marriage was made official. Everyone was so happy!
We ended the evening with cake, photos, laughter, and hugs. A beautiful day for my beautiful friends. Thank you Liz & Nathen for choosing me to capture it all for you!
P.S. funny side story – Liz & I met 5 years to the day that she got married. We both agreed our friendship was kismet from the beginning!
Nicola & Gabe knew they didn’t want a big fancy affair for their wedding day. They wanted simple and sweet surrounded by those they love most. So when these two started planning their wedding, it was only natural that a civil ceremony would be the perfect fit. They did some research and found that their wedding would take place at the Hickory Police Department. Not the most glamorous idea, but that didn’t matter to these two.
When you have a civil ceremony, you don’t have a ton of control. You can try and plan a day and even a time, but it’s really up to the magistrate and how many other people are waiting in line. So with a little bit of buffer in their schedule, Nicola and Gabe chose a date and time and told everyone to come along. We all knew the risks of having to wait awhile and we were all happy to do so. Just as long as these two love birds got to say “I Do” at the end, we were happy campers!
So we arrived at the Hickory Police Department at the scheduled time. Everyone was all smiles and laughter as Nicola and Gabe walked into the building to start the process. They walked back out moments later with a giant plot twist! The Hickory magistrate had called in sick for the day! No one would be able to marry them there.
Well that just wouldn’t do for Nicola and Gabe. So they packed up their family & friends and adventured over to the next town, Newton, to their local magistrate. On the way, they called ahead only to find that Newton was picking up most of the slack for Hickory and the likelihood of getting in before they closed would be slim. But, with their fingers crossed and hope on their side they chose to go for it anyways!
We all arrived at the Newton Police Department with all of our fingers, toes, and limbs crossed that they’d get in AND that we’d get to take pictures. These two had luck on their side…or maybe something a little more. After about a 30-40 minute wait the magistrate squeezed them in! Nicola and Gabe’s excited smiles were the biggest I’ve ever seen! IT WAS HAPPENING!
12 guests, two vendors (the magistrate and myself), and one head over heels couple squeeze into that tiny conference room. Just as they kinda…sorta… planned, Nicola and Gabe were surrounded by those they love and were married right then and there. It was PERFECT!
We managed to find a beautiful walking trail right behind the building where they were married. What was one more advenutre on this crazy wonderful day right? We gathered everyone together, celebrated with rose petals and group hugs. Then off to the woods we went for a few sweet photos of this new husband and wife!
Thank you Nicola & Gabe for choosing me to capture your amazing adventure of a wedding day! It was truly unique and truly YOU and I loved being part of it all!
Vendor shoutout to Becca Easterling for Nicola’s gorgeous hairstyle. Thistle Dew Nicely Florals & Gifts for a beautiful floral boquet.
People ask me all the time how we get so many cool destination weddings? The answer may not be what you expect, but it’s because our clients don’t like big traditional weddings.
Sometimes the idea of having a large traditional wedding is scary. But you go for it anyways because that’s what you’re “suppose” to do right? You start planning, you make a guest list that seems a mile long, and then you get sucked down deeper and deeper into the details of center pieces, linens, bridesmaid dresses, and more. It’s completely overwhelming! When you think about planning your wedding day, it shouldn’t send you into a panic attack, if it does it may be time to re-evaluate how you’re doing things. I am giving you permission to do things differently, think outside the box, have a wedding day that brings you joy not fear!
Most of our destination weddings are because our clients don’t want the traditional, so they take their budget and choose a magical location! We’re just so honored that our clients love us enough to bring us along!
This scenario is exactly what happened with Alicia & Bill. They were all in on planning their NC based wedding when they realized it wasn’t the right thing for them. In stead they decided to dream about what they really wanted, New York City was #1 on their list. Both Alicia & Bill are lighting designers for theatre shows so Broadway is in their blood! They’ve also both lived in NYC for periods of time and have a special love for the Big Apple. So they pulled the trigger and decided to “elope” to NYC with just their closest family and US! Wowzah, I’m still pinching myself!
Not only did Alicia & Bill choose to have their wedding in NYC, but they chose to do it in the most amazing & unique way ever! In stead of renting a venue or going to the court house they chose to hit the city in style! They rented a limo for the day, made a list of their absolute favorite places, and took us all along on their personal tour of their beloved city! Daniel had yet to visit NYC and this was such a cool way for him to experience it for the first time!
I personally love adventure weddings like this one because we really get to know our clients and their loved ones. We watched mom cry as Alicia put on her dress, Bill’s sons crack jokes and make silly faces, and Alicia’s sister squeal with glee when they were officially wed. These relationships & memories are so important and they fill my heart up to overflowing! It was such a joy and honor to explore NYC from the perspective of Alicia & Bill! Thank you both SO MUCH for bringing us along on your incredibly amazing adventure!
I am all for a big wedding with everyone you love surrounding you. It can be such a great celebration of love. But…I may be particularly biased when it comes to the super tiny weddings. When I get asked to shoot a wedding that is 50 people or less I just swoon. Daniel and I only had 30 people at our wedding and it was just so special. Every wedding that I’ve captured that has been 50 people or less has a completely different “vibe” to the day. The intimacy is something incredibly hard to achieve with more than 50 people. I’ve had a few come close, but nothing replaces that familiarity that a small wedding naturally has.
Nicki & Brad decided that they’d like that intimacy and celebrated their wedding with only immediate family. They were wed on top of a mountain at The Swag in Waynesville, NC. I’ve stated many a time before, mountains are my happy place! Those beautiful blue ridge peaks were as far as the eye could see and you couldn’t find a more glorious backdrop! As usual the North Carolina summer threatened a giant rain storm, but it never quite found us. Although I was happy to use those dark ominous clouds to enhance this gorgeous couple! That white dress on dark blue mountains and stormy gray clouds…Please don’t mind my drooling!
Nicki and Brad are two of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. They’re so real and loving, it was hard for me not to jump up and down for joy when they asked us to photograph their sweet elopement! After we left the mountain view (I tried not to cry too hard), we ventured back to The Swag and join in their festivities which included a band, story telling, and a pig roast dinner fit for kings! You’d think that Nicki & Brad had a fancy wedding coordinator with how lovely all the details were, but nope! The Swag is just that awesome!
Daniel and I both got to know Nicki, Brad, and their families that night. It was so special and we were so honored to be let into that world, even for a moment. Thank you Nicki & Brad for your trust in us, we’re so thankful to know you!